Since I seem to be on an anti-Jack Thompson crusade for the time being, here's something else:
Thompson gets owned by a 14 year-old gamer.
Sadly, I'm sure he gets stuff like this all the time, which is probably why he has simply resorted to firing off his one-liner insults rather than actually attempting to defend his tenuous position. After all, gamers are already a lost cause to him, apparently, so why should he waste his time explaining things to us since, in his eyes, we're obviously too stupid to understand? Thing is, the reverse could be said of all the gamers who email him attempting to make him see our side of it. This guy is never going to understand. Emailing him to try to make him Get It isn't going to work. He doesn't want to Get It. He just wants to continue getting publicity for himself and making money off of the true victims of violence that he has conned into believing his lies about video games being the source of all evil. I just hope that the people who are exchanging correspondence such as this with him are then going on to forward copies of it to the senators that Thompson so loves to cite as being on his side, to show them what kind of a person he really is.
It's going to be sad when the rest of the general non-gaming public finally wisens up to the fact that JT was simply a nutball all along, and we then lose his services as the whipping boy of anti-anti-gamers everywhere. Well, no, that will be excellent, actually. Then, maybe, we could get some true, serious debate on the issues at hand, rather than the perpetuation of this whole "us versus them" mentality on which JT thrives and makes his living.
But unfortunately, Thompson is not the only public figure to hold that mentality. He's merely the most vocal for the moment, by far. Here's a bit of background on that last link, for anyone who hasn't heard about it before now. John Davison is editorial director for 1up.com and several gaming magazines including EGM. Brooks Brown is one of the survivors of the Columbine massacre, aka D-FENS on 1up.com, where he has written several interesting blogs. And Donny Deutsch is the host of The Big Idea on CNBC. John Davison and Brooks Brown were guests on The Big Idea back in June. The details of the trainwreck that followed are given in that link, which is Davison's blog/rant on the subject. And here is Brooks Brown's blog touching on the same, which was also his first entry to 1up.com.
- More Jack Thompson fun...